A 181 Degree Purview


He might be young, but his crisp and organic commercial and artistic photography will project you 181 degrees. Saeed Salem’s portfolio speaks for itself. Gaining experience among the best in the field – he used to work with Abubakir Balfaqih at B&A, where he helped start The Passionates, and then went on to work as an art director at DDB – Salem is steadily earning the respect of his professional peers.

181 Degrees photography studio, launched in 2009, is the result of the collaboration between Saeed Salem and, fellow photographer and friend, Abdulmajeed Al-Thiban. Although Salem and Thiban have parted ways, Salem continues to operate and maintain 181 Degrees and has acquired a knack for recruiting local talent, and impressing some important people .Among the array of high-profile clients are, Abdulatif Jameel motors, AL-Jaffali Mercedes, Emaar, and Almarai, and with less than a year under his britches, we predict many more good things and happy clients to come to this local studio.

On the artistic side, lush-green rolling hills, crimson-orange sunsets, and floating ocean mist landscapes, display an appreciation for nature that would make Walt Whitman proud. In contrast, the commercial side exhibits acuity for modernity and pop culture, where frames capture man against the machine, thobe fashion details, and grandiose structures.Yet, both artistic ranges speak to the multifaceted capability of Saeed Salem, as well as the creative and professional standards his studio is becoming known for…


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